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Roger Federer: ‘I don’t know if I am going to play,’ says Swiss as he mulls French Open withdrawal

The 39-year-old Federer underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020 and is concentrating on a ninth Wimbledon title later this month on his favourite grass court docket floor.

Federer, who will flip 40 on August 8, defeated Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to arrange a gathering on Monday with Matteo Berrettini for a spot within the quarterfinals.

“I don’t know if I am going to play,” stated the 20-time grand slam winner after his match towards Koepfer which ended at 12:45 a.m. native time.

“I have to determine whether or not or not to proceed. Is it too dangerous to maintain placing stress on the knee? Is it a very good time to relaxation?

“Every match I have to reassess the scenario and see the subsequent morning in what state I get up and the way my knee is doing.

“It could also be much more true after a match as lengthy as the one tonight.”

Federer won the French Open in 2009.

An evening curfew due to Covid-19 restrictions ensured the 15,000-capacity Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros was with out followers for Federer’s match.

“I might need been extra nervous if the stadium had been full,” added Federer, who made his French Open debut in 1999 and was the 2009 champion in a grand slam event that has been dominated by his rival Rafa Nadal.

“All the matches I’ve performed because the damage are info for the remainder of the season,” added Federer.

“It offers me actual pleasure to give you the option to play three hours and half-hour at a excessive stage towards an excellent participant. It reveals that I’m heading in the right direction.”

Federer shakes hands with Koepfer of Germany after winning their match early on Sunday morning.

Three-time grand slam winner Andy Murray, who has suffered his justifiable share of damage issues, stated it was inspiring to watch Federer play and was testomony to the Swiss star’s love of tennis.

“Just seeing Federer at 39 off the again of two knee surgical procedures enjoying to an empty stadium at 12.30am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you’re keen on,” tweeted Murray.

Federer replied: “Thank you Sir Andy, the sensation is mutual. You gotta adore it. See you on the grass.”

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